Archive for February, 2010

These Are Our Men

Sunday, February 28th, 2010


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/Today we’re announcing the addition of These Are Our Men, a short series from early 1945 which depicts the life stories of America’s military leaders (pictured above, General George Patton) and additionally features War Bond pitches from Frank Sinatra, Jack Benny and other entertainment luminaries of the time.
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/In addition, OTRRPedia Commander-in-Chief Larry Husch has been kind enough to send us two episodes of Stars For Defense.  Thanks for the shows and all for your hard work, Larry.

My Missing Husband

Saturday, February 27th, 2010


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/It’s been brought to our attention by our Official Bearer of Ill Tidings, Andrew Steinberg, that our copy of My Favorite Husband episode #1 was nothing more than a duplicate of episode #3.  Checking my own stores along with a number of the DC++ hubs, I’ve not been able to turn up a correct version.  So we’re looking for some help from you guys and gals… if you’ve got a verified accurate copy of that first show, please get in touch so we can correct the Library stock.  For reference, here’s the synopsis (from Vintage Radio Logs) of #1 from 07-23-1948:
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/”Liz invites the Literary Club’s guest speaker, big game hunter and author Captain Derek Allingham, over to the house for dinner.”
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/”George pretends to be sick to keep an eye on the handsome artist who is spending all day at the house, painting Liz’s portrait.”
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The Last of Spike Jones

Friday, February 26th, 2010


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/Today we bring you the last of the radio shows starring the mad musical genius Spike Jones, the eponymous Spike Jones Show of 1949 (actually just a change of title for the Spotlight Revue sponsored by Coca-Cola).  This grouping comes to us as the gift of member Arnie Gross… thanks very much for offering these, Arnie!  Once you’ve said the man’s name, there’s little that’s useful to add, so we’ll let these little slices of mayhem speak for themselves.   Hope you like the image above of the King of Corn in full royal regalia!

Silver Theater: A Correction

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

A few days back, we had a little fun at Digital Deli’s expense, indicating that we were posting a file which their log indicated was non-existent or at least not in circulation.   Having heard of this, they’ve written to advise us that this is an incorrect interpretation of their presentation.
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/While most logs we have seen tend to use a data field labeled “Available”, “Exists”, etc. to indicate whether a recording of a particular episode is known to be in existence, the Deli advises us that in their logs the column header “Avail.” merely indicates whether that episode is in their own collection.  I have to say that I find that to be a little bit of an ambiguous approach, and that the misinterpretation was perhaps not so very inexplicable, but nonetheless it was my error.  Given the very unpleasant remarks about OTRR that are strewn all over the Deli it’s not easy or fun to issue a retraction, but it’s the right thing to do.  And this is the last time I plan to refer to that site as long as the current state of relations between the two organizations persists.

Before Nichols and May… before the Goons or the Pythons…

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010


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/…before, well, practically ANYBODY doing, well, whatever ths IS…. audiences were having Fun with The Revuers!  I have to confess, I grabbed these programs off someone on the OTRR hub (I think… THANKS, whoever you were) because I like variety programs and the show titles intrigued me.  Never did get around to giving them a listen.  Then Mike Harron and some other folks on the OTRR message board got interested a week or two ago and man, were my eyes opened.  Here again, we’ve got some terrific entertainment history that I suspect many of you other folks have never heard, either.
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/In 1938 a talented young woman named Judith Tuvim asked the owner of the Village Vanguard if she and some friends could provide entertainment on Sunday nights.  Over the next couple of years they moved first to the Rainbow Room and then to their own radio show on NBC.  Their success seems in retrospect to have been practically a given… once you’re aware that before long Ms. Tuvim is to change her name to Judy Holliday, and that two of her cronies were Betty Comden and Adolph Green, just a few years short of co-penning On the Town with Leonard Bernstein!  We’ve got six episodes of this classic music-and-comedy series for you today… we not only hope you have a lot of fun hearing these legendary American stars before they really made it big, but also (as always) would appreciate hearing from anyone who may have any knowledge of the whereabouts of the five additional episodes listed in Goldin. 
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Remember the 10gig limit

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Two you are already over the 10 gig per month download limit
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/Three others are extremely close and the same applies to you.
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/Remember, this library  will be open for at least 3 years and
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/http://www.metal-machine.de/readerror/index.php
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Another great new program… with a word of warning!!!

Friday, February 19th, 2010


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/Today we’re adding all known extant episodes of the drama anthology Silver Theater.  Unlike a lot of the other general drama programs, these stories don’t have their origins in the popular movies of the time, but sure do feature an incredible array of 1940s film stars.  The series kicks off with a four-part romance entitled “First Love” featuring James Stewart and Rosalind Russell (pictured above), and in the ensuing programs you’ll hear Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Fredric March, Joan Crawford, Orson Welles… and so on.  Also Helmut Dantine, which is where the word of warning comes in.  You see, Mr. Dantine has the lead in the final program in our set… which DOES NOT EXIST.  I know this because while traipsing around the ‘Net recently I was fortunate to find something called The Definitive Silver Theater Radio Log (Google it for yourself…), which states conclusively– and without fear (or tolerance) of contradiction– that this show is not available.  It is thus most likely only the ephemeral construction of my own weak and diseased mind, but you may enjoy it anyway if in fact it turns out to be a real audio recording after all.  It’s called “The Golden Pheasant”, from July 29, 1945.  I think.
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I can’t give you anything but love, baby.

Sunday, February 14th, 2010


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/Or if not love itself on this Valentine’s Day Sunday, at least a whopping dose of Romance!  We’ve uploaded 179 episodes of this long-running (if sporadic) series to celebrate the occasion.  Certainly it’s intended as a fond acknowledgement of our distaff members, but if any of you gentlemen out there have been having difficulties in winning over your wives and sweethearts to the joys of midcentury radio, maybe sharing a few of these will do the trick!  And you may like the program better than you’d expect… for every flowery “Elizabeth of Austria” or “Rendezvous at Mayerling” you’ll find something more down-to-earth like a broadcast of “Conflict” featuring Bogie himself, a solid comedy like “Bringing Up Baby”, or even “The Strip-Teaser and the Space Warp”! 
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New Materials added to the Library

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Here is some new material to keep you occupied for awhile!
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/A Date With Judy 47-02-18 Mr Foster Tries To Get Some Rest.mp3
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/A Date With Judy 48-05-18 New Dress For The Big Dance.mp3
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/A Life in Your Hands 50-07-25 Death of Carl Fortune.mp3
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/A Life in Your Hands 50-08-29 Judge is Shot.mp3
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/Al Jolson – Colgate Program 43-01-05 Guest – Monte Woolley.mp3
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/Al Jolson – Colgate Program 43-01-12 Guest – Robert Benchley.mp3
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/Al Jolson – Colgate Program 43-01-19 Guest – Monty Wooley.mp3
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/Al Jolson – Colgate Program 43-01-26 Guest – Monty Wooley.mp3
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/Al Jolson Show, The 38-10-18 Guest – Martha Raye.mp3
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/Al Jolson Show, The 38-11-01 Guest – Connee Boswell.mp3
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/Alan Young 44-10-03 Harriett Hatch (AFRS).mp3
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/Alan Young 44-10-24 Alan Buys A Water Heater  (AFRS).mp3
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/Alan Young Show, The 45-03-13.mp3
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/Aldrich Family, The 40-03-05 (36) Mary’s New Dress.mp3
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/America’s Most Interesting People 38-12-05 (01) Guest – Henry Krahour.mp3
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/American Ace Coffee Show 48-xx-xx First Song – Songbirds Are Singing In Heaven.mp3
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/American Family Robinson 40-07-21 (52).mp3
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/American Family Robinson 40-07-21 (53).mp3
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/American Family Robinson 40-07-28 (54) Myra Has Taken up a Radio Career.mp3
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/American Family Robinson 40-07-28 (55) Luke and ‘The Baron’ Get Bread and Water for Dinner.mp3
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/American Family Robinson 40-09-01 (64) Luke’s Resolve to Be an Ideal Husband Has Turned The Tide.mp3
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/American Family Robinson 40-09-01 (65) Luke and Myra Continue Their Personal War in the Truck.mp3
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/American Family Robinson 40-10-13 (76) Luke’s Had All He Can Take Being Polite with Myra.mp3
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/American Family Robinson 40-10-13 (77) Luke Leaves Birch Falls on a Train.mp3
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/American Family Robinson 40-10-20 (78) Luke Is in a Very Quiet Hotel.mp3
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/American Family Robinson 40-10-20 (79) All the Customers Are Wondering Where Luke Is.mp3
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/American Family Robinson 40-10-27 (80) Poor Lonely Luke, He’s Regretting the Loss of Home.mp3
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/American Family Robinson 40-10-27 (81) The Emporium’s Women Customers Are Remaining Loyal.mp3
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/American Family Robinson 40-11-03 (82) Luke Has Walked out on Myra, and Is Homesick.mp3
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/American Family Robinson 40-11-03 (83) Luke Is Taking the Train Back to Birch Falls.mp3
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Strength in Numbers

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Y’know, sometimes I despair for OTRR.  I feel at those moments like we’re a bunch of incredibly independent and disparate individuals pulling in a myriad of different directions, hoping that our two cents’ worth, and the next guy’s two cents and so on will somehow over time amount to something much bigger… despite the fact that one guy has a very different view of what makes a good Otter log than I do… or one gal thinks we should spend more money through the Purchasing Group (step right up folks, only five lousy bucks a month) on rare obscure programs while I’m more interested in filling gaps in more famous or historically important shows.  And also despite the fact that there are a few folks out there who derive an awful lot of pleasure from turning those potential (and sometimes real) weaknesses against us and seeking to make us feel small.
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